When A Sale is Also A Service

Calling all bargain hunters: the Archmere Academy Garage Sale has long kicked off the local garage sale season – and while the weather outside doesn’t make you think “yard sale” we promise, it’s coming! This year will be the 45th annual sale at Archmere, and the parent volunteers have this event down to a science. Throughout the year, they collect gently used items donated by Archmere families and then spend one week cleaning, sorting, pricing and displaying the goods for sale.

It’s a huge labor of love but one that we assume gladly because it helps in so many ways.

1. The sale raises critical funds for our school, which offers scholarships and financial aid each year. Funds raised at our garage sale also enhance the campus and offer new experiences to our students.

2. Our sale offers quality items to the community at a fraction of the retail price – which helps families struggling to stretch every dollar but that might be too proud to accept a handout. The sheer quantity of goods is astounding. Two large gymnasiums are packed full of furniture, rugs, housewares, toys and baby gear, educational materials, costumes, bikes, balls, bats and other sporting equipment, lamps and other electronics, men’s, women’s and kids clothing and shoes, books, dvd’s, and more.

3. Anything that remains at the end of our sale is donated outright: This year our charity partners include the Ministry of Caring, St. Patrick’s Center and Bayard House in Wilmington, Faith Victory Christian Center in Claymont, Delaware Humane Association (spare linens and towels for cats and dogs), and Goodwill.

We are very proud to not only feature a terrific sale, but also support organizations that do good work in Wilmington and the surrounding communities.

The philosophy of the Archmere sale is “Reduce, reuse, recycle and everyone wins!” Archmere families are encouraged to declutter and pass on what they no longer need, volunteers spruce it up, and local families benefit from great stuff at rock bottom prices. Arrive early! Enthusiastic regulars line up early and are treated to well-organized, clean, high-quality items at super discounted prices. Sale organizers even get compliments on the friendly, helpful workers and the efficiency of the checkout. (Credit cards and cash are accepted.)

We hope you’ll join us to kick off garage sale season (indoors!) next weekend at Archmere Academy. Here are all the details: Archmere Academy Garage Sale, Saturday, March 25th, 8 am – 2 pm3600 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont DE 19703

Carol Thomson, one of the Garages Sale’s chairs is excited to get underway working on her 13th sale. She is an Archmere alum and parent of 2 grads and one current student. Carol loves the sale because of the good friends she has made working on it, and gets a kick out of seeing “one man’s trash become another man’s treasure!”